History of Our

| March/April 1983

  • Elden and Jim Fox at the Ohio State Fair
    Elden and Jim Fox at the Ohio State Fair.

  • Elden and Jim Fox at the Ohio State Fair

Jim Fox, 10525 Millin Drive West Fostoria, Ohio 44830

In 1935, this tractor was purchased for $727.00 from Stroman Implement in Fostoria, Ohio. It was used to farm 137 acres East of Fostoria with the help of a team of horses. It was the owner's main source of power until 1969 with the assistance of an Oliver '60'.

During the off seasons between 1958 and 1965, the owner took it to work at a logging camp in southern Ohio. While pulling logs, the tractor was overturned and the front end was broken off; it was then replaced with a wide front end that was modified to fit the tractor. The hood, fenders, and steering wheel were also damaged.

The original owner died in 1969. The tractor stood idle until my son, Jim, and I purchased it for $300.00 in 1976.

We found an original front end at a junkyard in Willard, Ohio. Jim and I dismantled the tractor and engine, and completely majored the engine, and sandblasted the tractor. The hood, fenders, and sides needed to be straightened, welded, filled in, and sanded. Four coats of primer were applied before the final two coats of Oliver paint.

We have displayed it at various shows in Ohio and Indiana. But our biggest thrill was when we received an invitation to exhibit our restored tractor at the 1982 Ohio State Fair for competition. There were 17 other antique tractors in opposition, and through our efforts we won fifth place.